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News Briefs for September 3, 2019

September 3, 2019

•Albuquerque, New Mexico sparkling wine producer Gruet Winery is celebrating its 30th anniversary with two new limited edition labels. The winery, which planted its first vines in New Mexico back in the early 1980s, makes Méthode Champenoise sparkling wines from the traditional Champagne varietals of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. The two new Gruet celebratory releases are a Barrel Aged Brut made of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir matured for six months in oak, and a sparkling Pinot Meunier made from grapes grown and harvested in partnership with the Santa Ana Pueblo. Gruet produces around 275,000 cases of sparkling wine annually, priced from $15 to nearly $50 a 750-ml. and available in 49 states.

•Walla Walla, Washington-based Forgeron Cellars has opened a third tasting room in Leavenworth, Washington. The new location joins Forgeron’s Walla Walla and Woodinville facilities, and will offer tastings to the public as well as wine club services and retail sales. Forgeron produces small lot wines sourced from vineyards throughout Washington State (primarily from the Columbia, Walla Walla, and Yakima Valleys.)

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